How many bits to a byte? The 8-bit byte has become the de-facto fundamental unit with which we measure the “size” of data on computers. In fact, today most computers only let you save data as combinations of whole bytes. Even if you only want to store 1 bit of information, you have to use a whole byte to do it.
In the modern world there is a lot of data around us and usually we want it transmitted over the internet. If you want to transmit a lot of data you are limited by the speed of your internet connection. Even if you have a fast Internet connection there is a physical limit to how fast you can transmit bits.
CSP Unit 2 – Digital Information
Chapter 1: Encoding and Compressing Complex Information
Lesson 1: Bytes and File Sizes
Questions 2,3,& 4